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Mariachi serenade Scripps

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La Victoria, a contemporary all-women’s mariachi band performed Sunday in the Garrison Theatre, at Scripps College.

The name La Victoria was inspired by the beer Victoria, which is only sold in Mexico.

Mary Alfaro plays the guitar, Vaneza Calderón plays guitarrón and Rosalie Rodriguez plays the violin.

La Victoria plays classic mariachi tunes, traditional Mexican songs and some English music from the 1960s and 1970s. The band members have recently started to write music on political issues, such as the struggles of Latinos.

Rodriguez is the third generation in her family to play in a mariachi band. She said that she was forced to learn how to play violin as a child. And she’s thankful for that today.

La Victoria started the show off with mariachi music from different cities in Mexico like Yucatan, Michoacán and Chihuahua. During the concert, the musicians told the audience to shout “Viva! Viva!” while they played Mexican throwback “La Llorona.”

They also played, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” by the the Shirelles, a 1960s group.

The last song of the show was “Hermano,” which means brother. This song addressed current political issues affecting Latinos.

La Victoria hopes to release its first album in December.

Vanessa Martinez

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